NYFF 60 Review: Showing Up

Year: 2022 Runtime:  108 minutes Director: Kelly Reichardt Writer: Johnathan Raymond, Kelly Reichardt Cast: Michelle Williams, Hong Chau, Andre Benjamin, John Magaro, Judd Hirsch By Tom Moore Writer/director Kelly Reichardt and Michelle Williams reunite on the big screen for the fourth time to deliver another subtly emotional and tender personal story with their new film “Showing Up.” The film sees Williams play reclusive sculptor Lizzy as … Continue reading NYFF 60 Review: Showing Up

NYFF 60 Review: The Eternal Daughter

Year: 2022 Runtime:  96 minutes Director: Joanna Hogg Writer: Joanna Hogg Cast: Tilda Swinton, Carly Sophia-Davies, Joseph Mydell, Alfie Sankey-Green By Tom Moore Writer/director Joanna Hogg has shown herself to be a masterful and personal storyteller with both “Souvenir” films and now reunites with Tilda Swinton for a third feature, “The Eternal Daughter,” that acts as a spiritual successor to “The Souvenir” movies in more ways … Continue reading NYFF 60 Review: The Eternal Daughter

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Love is Just a Death Away

Year: 2022 Runtime: 11 minutes Director: Bára Anna Stejskalová By Caelyn O’Reilly “Love is Just a Death Away” is a beauteous little film about finding love in unlikely places.  It’s also about corpse-puppeteering brain parasites. Stop-motion animation seems to always have a fascination with the macabre, the misunderstood, and societal outcasts. From Burton-produced features like “The Nightmare Before Christmas”(1993) and “Frankenweenie”(2012) to the entire filmography … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Love is Just a Death Away

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Gold Plated (Plaqué Or)

Year: 2022 Runtime: 25 minutes Director/Writer: Chloé Léoni Actors: Salomé Dewaels, Nade Dieu, Noé Englebert, Anae Romnys By Dominic Corr Discussions around class and inequality are often relegated to the conversations of the ‘adults’ in the room – as far as the political landscape is concerned at least. And yet, the harshest impacts of its existence ripple to the young, both as a generational issue … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Gold Plated (Plaqué Or)

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Down From the Clouds

Year: 2022 Runtime: 19 minutes Director/Writer: Cansu Boguslu Actors: Latvinya Ünlüer, Cansel Elcin, Özlem Conker By Valerie Kalfrin The short film “Down from the Clouds” opens with a sobering definition of love: “Giving someone the power to destroy you, and trusting them not to,” according to the title sequence.   Su (Lavinya Ünlüer, Kefaret), the young girl at the center of this story, is full of trust, telling her … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Down From the Clouds

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Cimetière

Year: 2022 Runtime: 10 minutes Director/Writer: Sophie B. Jacques Actors: Sophie B Jacques, Jason Roy-Leveillee, Marianne Farley, Marc-Andre Doucet-Beauchamp By Caelyn O’Reilly “Cimetière” is a comfortingly Halloweeny short from French-Canadian writer/director (and in this case, actor) Sophie B Jacques. It follows two people sneaking into a graveyard before beginning a probing conversation about life and death that gets very personal. I love the film’s pumpkin-flavoured … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Cimetière

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: The Letter Room

Year: 2022 Runtime: 30 minutes Director/Writer: Elvira Lind Actors: Oscar Isaac, Alia Shawkat, Brian Petsos, John Douglas Thompson, Kenneth Heaton, Eileen Galindo By Rosa Parra “The Letter Room” (2020) is a short film directed and written by Elvira Lind. Starring Oscar Isaac this film follows a correction officer who is assigned to the letter room where he must inspect every letter. Then suddenly he becomes … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: The Letter Room

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: On My Way (Neige)

Year: 2022 Runtime: 9 minutes Director/Writer: Paule Beaudoin Actors: Benjamin Déziel,Olivia Leclair By Juli Horsford “On My Way”(Neige) begins with some stunningly beautiful shots of snow falling on a street. Snow is piled on the road and director Paule Beaudoin manages to capture an intensity in the snowstorm that keeps these early scenes interesting. Then suddenly we’re inside a home with a man who has … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: On My Way (Neige)

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Public Relations

Year: 2022 Runtime: 22 minutes Director/Writer: Elle Jae Stewart Actors: Elle Jae Stewart, Marcus Henderson, Chloe Paige Flowers By Valerie Kalfrin  Billed as the proof-of-concept pilot for a series, the short “Public Relations” packs a lot of soapy drama into 22-minutes but leaves little room for developing its characters or caring what happens next.  Creator Elle Jae Stewart (The American Theatre of BEing Documentary) stars as Chelsea, a … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Public Relations

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Frimas

Year: 2022 Runtime: 20 minutes Director/Writer: Marianne Farley Actors: Karine Gonthier-Hyndman, Chantal Baril, Kent McQuaid By Valerie Kalfrin A woman stands on a snowy street, tugging her hood over her head to hide her face from the passing police cars more than the cold. Within moments, a meat truck pulls over, the driver asking what she ate that morning.  “Water lilies,” she says. Satisfied, he … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Frimas